Prosperity has always been a controversial subject when it comes to Christianity. It shouldn’t be though, because it is spoken about throughout the Bible. Our question for today is what can a Christian do now to be prosperous?
When the Lord talks about prosperity, He doesn’t always mean financially. Although He is interested in meeting our physical needs, He is more concerned about our spiritual prosperity. That is indicated by the way the Psalmist ended the first Psalm.
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction. Psalm 1:6
The first 5 verses define for us how differently God will treat the godly and the wicked. If you are a Christian I’m sure you want a life full of joy. To get it, verse 1 advises the people you shouldn’t be hanging out with.
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. Psalm 1:1
Keep in mind advice is just that, advice. We are free to pal around with anyone we want. But our choices will result in either rewards or consequences. The next couple of verses layout for us rewards of a godly decision.
But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Psalm 1:2-3
Verse 2 says the godly will enjoy the Word of God. The Holy Spirit gives them a new understanding when they read the Bible. Verse 3 talks about prosperity which is another reward of making godly decisions.
When a Christian Becomes Prosperous
Compare a tree that is planted beside a running stream with one planted in a dry parched desert. The one by the stream flourishes and produces fruit. Just like our delight in God’s Word can be nourishing and prosperous for us.
The person though who receives advice from the wicked and hangs out with sinners is like a parched tree. Spiritually that person is lifeless and almost dried up. The next couple of verses describes the wicked and their destination.
But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. Psalm 1:4-5
The question you must answer for yourself is this. Do you want to enjoy the delight of God’s Word and the prosperity of the Lord? Even if it’s not financial prosperity as you walk down the path of the godly.
A related post you may be interested in is called How To Experience Complete Joy In The Lord
Or do you want to fit into and be accepted by the world? Following the counsel of the wicked, sinners, and mockers. Knowing full well that you are walking on a path that leads to destruction.
The decision is yours to make. Words are good but remember it’s your actions that make your final choice.
Lord, we want to walk on the path of the godly. We want to delight in your Word and prosper. Help us to make the right decisions with our actions being the evidence.
As a Christian you can be prosperous in more ways than one.
You can start reading the Psalms beginning with Psalm 1.
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